Douglas Wade Oglesbee

Posted: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Douglas Wade Oglesbee died of natural causes Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, in Spokane, Wash. He was 51.

Memorial services were held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Missoula, Mont.

Mr. Oglesbee was born on Nov. 24, 1958 to James and Jennette Oglesbee in Billings, Mont. He grew up in Missoula, Mont. He was very athletic, setting records in pole vaulting in high school. He was an expert water- and downhill-skier and bowler.

As a young man, Mr. Oglesbee worked in the oil fields as did his father, uncles and brother. He continued to work for most of his life in the oil fields as a drilling fluids engineer (extraordinaire, his family said) and company man. His work took him all around the world, but he always said Alaska was the best place to work.

Mr. Oglesbee married Seane Rebecca Gilbert on March 21, 1987 in Great Falls, Mont. During their marriage they lived in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Arizona. Mr. Oglesbee and his wife settled in Alaska to raise their family, though they always considered Montana their home.

Mr. Oglesbee loved to hunt, fish, camp, golf and play the stock market. He was very mechanically inclined and an excellent cook.

"Doug was an idea man, innovative and theatrical in all he did. He was generous to friends and strangers alike. We will miss his over-the-top presence," his family writes.

Mr. Oglesbee was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepfather Jim Lackman, and son Alex.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, daughters Jessica and Hailey, and son James, all of Soldotna; daughter Tiffany of Lufkin, Texas; brother Jim Oglesbee and his wife, Karen; sisters Linda Ray and her husband, Ken, and Tracie Kovacich and her husband, Greg; nieces Misty, Kelly, Aleshia, Michelle and Kristen; nephew Clifford; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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